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Suffocation Mate Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

The Suffocation Mate is easily considered a special case of the Smothered Mate. The King is quite nearly surrounded by his own team, having but one escape square.

As a matter of fact, some chess writers call it the Semi-Smothered Mate.

As with the Smothered Mate, only the Knight executes the Suffocation Mate.

A beautiful case of the Suffocation Mate is when the same Knight not only attacks the King, but also covers its solitary flight square. This special version is a fine example of elegance, simplicity and beauty in chess.

ChessCoachClark (CCC) originated this game collection and he updates it on occasion. This project is a work in progress, culling games from various sources, including several chess training books and personal research. The games are ordered by date (oldest first), not by importance.

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Suffocation Mate with Rook support.
Cochrane vs Staunton, 1841 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Stacked Black Knights bring a Suffocation Mate!
J Smith vs G H Derrickson, 1860 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 17 moves, 0-1

Absolute Pin enables Suffocation Mate
E Mulder vs F Parr, 1939 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 23 moves, 0-1

Suffocation Mate with Bishop support.
Najdorf vs NN, 1942 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1-0

Suffocation with Rook support in continuation: 25. Rxg1 Nxf2#
I Balanel vs A Pytlakowski, 1951 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 24 moves, 0-1

Rook supports mate in continuation: 28. ... Rxg8 29. Nf7#
Taimanov vs R Persitz, 1955 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Suffocation Mate with Queen Support
Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

Special Version-- Knight attacks and covers escape square!
Sachariev vs Dobrev, 1973 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 12 moves, 1-0

Special Version-- Knight attacks and covers escape square!
Iskov vs M Bartrina, 1974 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 8 moves, 0-1

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